phd position (environmental humanities)


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PhD position in Environmental Humanities
UiB - Knowledge that shapes society

Through robust and close interaction with the world around us – globally, nationally and locally – we shall be instrumental in building a society based on knowledge, skills and attitudes.

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PhD position

The Department of Archaeology, History, Cultural and Religious Studies invites applicants for a PhD in the environmental humanities with a historical focus, with starting date August 1st, 2023. This position is for a fixed-term period of four years.

The successful applicant will join the Environmental Humanities research group at the University of Bergen, an interdisciplinary collaboration between researchers in the fields of history, archaeology, cultural studies, linguistics, literature, media studies, political science, social anthropology, science and technology studies, and beyond. Its purpose is to bring PhD candidates and faculty together to develop interdisciplinary research projects, to expand members’ professional networks and collaboration across the humanities, and to support environmentally-themed research and other contributions from the humanities disciplines. The research group is part of the Faculty of Humanities´ strategic investment in research groups 2023-25.
Qualifications and personal qualities:

The scope of the applicant’s master's thesis must be a minimum of 30 credits (ECTS).
Applicants must hold a Norwegian master's degree or equivalent foreign degree in history, archaeology, environmental humanities, or a related discipline. It is a prerequisite that the master’s degree has been awarded at the time of application. Applicants who do not have a Norwegian master’s degree will be evaluated according to the regulations of the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (NOKUT). The Department can send documentation of foreign education to NOKUT in order to evaluate whether this degree is equivalent to a Norwegian master’s degree.
The applicant must be able to work independently and efficiently and possess a demonstrated ability to work as a member of a team.
The applicant must be proficient in both written and oral English

Applicants will be evaluated according to admission requirements in The Faculty of Humanities' PhD Program pt. 2.1.

In assessing the applications, the academic quality and feasibility of the proposed PhD project and the academic qualifications of the candidate will be considered. Preference will be given to those applicants whose projects align with those of one or more members of the environmental humanities research group who could serve as the applicant’s supervisor.

In cases where ranked applicants have approximately equivalent qualifications, strategic considerations, motivation, and the applicant´s personal eligibility will be taken into account.
About the PhD position:

The main purpose of the PhD position is to complete a doctoral degree, which qualifies the holder for a career in academia and for other forms of employment that requires high analytical skills. The duration of the PhD position is four years. Twenty-five percent of the position will be dedicated to obligatory duties, which will consist primarily of undergraduate teaching at the Department of Archaeology, History, Cultural and Religious Studies, but which will also include administrative work. The administrative tasks may be connected to the research group in Environmental humanities.

The successful applicant’s research project will contribute to the research group’s work in the environmental humanities, defined as work that bridges the divide between the natural sciences and the humanities, as well as that between the academy and society, by applying humanistic methods and modes of thought to environmental subjects. The proposed project may have interdisciplinary elements, but it must be historically oriented and employ principally historical or archaeological methodologies. Please see the group’s website for more information about the group’s ongoing projects, members, and areas of expertise.

Applicants who have already held a PhD position at the University of Bergen are not eligible for employment. The employment period may be reduced if the selected candidate previously has been employed in a recruitment position.

The PhD position requires that the applicant has his or her regular workplace at the University of Bergen, Department of Archaeology, History, Cultural and Religious Studies and comply with the guidelines that apply to the position at all times.

About the research training:

As a PhD candidate you must participate in the Faculty of Humanities’ educational programme. The programme consists of completing a training component of 30 ECTS, annual progress reporting and an approved midway evaluation. We can offer:

A good and professionally challenging working environment
Salary at pay grade 54 (Code 1017) in the state salary scale, currently NOK 500 800 gross p.a. following ordinary meriting regulations
Enrollment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
A position in an inclusive workplace (IA) enterprise
Good welfare benefits

How to apply:

Applications must be sent electronically via the link on this site “APPLY FOR THIS JOB”. The applicant must use the electronic CV form.

The application must include:

A cover letter including a brief account of your research interests and motivation for applying for the position.
A research proposal (up to five pages, not including references) including a short abstract summarizing the project; a description of the relevant research context, main objectives/research questions; and, if applicable, hypotheses, theoretical approach, empirical materials, and methodology.
A well-thought-out progress plan for the project.
List of any academic publications (publication list).
The names and contact information of two references. One of these must be the main advisor for the master's thesis or equivalent.
A short summary of the master’s thesis or equivalent thesis (no more than three pages). If your master’s degree is not from a Norwegian university, you may be asked to submit the full master’s thesis.
Transcripts and diplomas showing completion of relevant bachelor's and master's degrees.

Attachments can be either in Word or PDF format. If original higher education certificates, transcripts and diplomas are not issued in English, Norwegian, Swedish or Danish, certified translations to either of the aforementioned languages must be included. Translations of diplomas and any academic publications submitted must be received by the department within the application deadline.
General information:

For further information about the position, applicants may contact research group leader Sarah Hamilton, Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein!, + 47 55 58 25 85 or Head of Department Teemu Ryymin, Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein!, +47 55 58 38 79.

The public sector shall reflect the diversity of Norwegian society to the greatest extent possible. People with immigrant backgrounds and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply for the position.

Questions or queries about the electronic application process can be directed to The Faculty of Humanities: Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein!.

The University of Bergen applies the principle of public access to information when recruiting staff for academic positions. Information about applicants may be made public even if the applicant has asked not to be named on the list of persons who have applied. The applicant must be notified if the request to be omitted is not met.

The best qualified candidates for the position will be invited to an interview.

Application deadline: April 11th, 2023
About UiB

The University of Bergen is a renowned educational and research institution, organised into seven faculties and approximately 54 institutes and academic centres. Campus is located in the centre of Bergen with university areas at Nygårdshøyden, Haukeland, Marineholmen, Møllendalsveien and Årstad.

There are four departments and four centres at Faculty of Humanities. Read more about the faculty and departments.
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11th April 2023

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